Ticks spread diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. It’s important to remove engorged ticks carefully and as soon as you can because you might prevent such an illness if you do so. According to the New York State Department of Health, it might take up to 36 hours before an attached tick transmits Lyme disease.
Things You'll Need
- Rubber gloves
- Antibiotic ointment
Put on a pair of rubber gloves to minimize your exposure to the person or animal’s blood. Immobilize the body area where the tick has latched onto. If you are treating an animal, you might have to hold the animal steady or have someone help you.
Grasp the tick nearest to the mouth parts that are embedded in the skin. Try not to squeeze the engorged abdomen as you do this; use just the pointed edge of the tweezers.
Hold the skin taut with your other hand, and pull upward gently on the tweezers to disengage the tick, as advised by T&R Exterminators.